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02-02-2004, 03:05 AM
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I never asked for Nash, Heatley and Kovalchuck. I said that Montreal doesn't have them. I ask for Havlat or Cole who are a cut or two below. And I am not looking for the first overall pick. Schremp and Wolski will be available at the 3-6 spots. Someone must be willing to deal for the right price and Montreal has the youth to be able to move up from 18th to 5th. You know it's not just the 1st overall pick who turns out to be a 1st line player. Ovechkin may be tops but others will be good too. Horton went 3rd in 2003; Pitkannen went 4th in 2002; Spezza went 2nd in 2001. All those guys are going to be top players on their teams and they were all picks that were traded for. So trades do happen.
I know you said you didn't want Nash and company per say, but you eluded to the LIKES of these players whether through the draft or otherwise. Think for a second, why would a team who is drafting high, when they are usually the types to be rebuilding or building up like Columbus, trade away a top five pick for Koivu who is almost 30 unless Montreal sweetens the pot with a top prospect. Its kind of ridiculous to trade your number one centre and say a Chris Higgins or Perezhogin for another prospect who MIGHT turn out better. That is all they are, a prospect. And in many drafts, a guy drafted later in the first round often become as good or if not better than many top five picks.
Rookies need people to teach them. It is also major difference between a rookie in Montreal and a rookie in Atlanta or Columbus. The difference is all about expectations. Put Perezhogin, Higgins, Hainsey, Komisarek, Kastsitsyn etc in Montreal with no established veteran leader and top player, you will see them eaten alive by fans and media.
You seem to expect that all prospects will turn out and be able to step in and fulfill their full potential.
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